Bruno Fernandes’ proposed move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United is reportedly in danger of collapsing entirely.
The Portugal midfielder is a major target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer as he looks to overhaul a United squad that finished sixth last season.
Fernandes netted 28 goals and added 14 assists in an impressive campaign for Sporting during 2018-19, and Solskjaer seemingly sees him as the ideal man to bring creativity to their midfield.
Reports over the weekend from Portugal suggested that United had finally landed their man after a patient approach, having raised their initial €50m bid for the midfielder to €61.2m (£55m).
However, the deal is yet to get over the line and that has prompted Sporting Lisbon to fire a warning to United, given their need to sell the player is arguably lesser than the Red Devils’ wish to buy him.
Now, Portuguese newspaper Record – who cite Italian outlet La Repubblica – believe that Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford is not at risk.
Instead, the report hints that United are more likely to spend big on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and turn away from the former Udinese and Sampdoria man.
Meanwhile, Jornal de Notícias are running with a headline stating that Manchester United have ‘abandoned’ their pursuit of Fernandes, and Correio da Manhã also believe the race is wide open with an auction possible.
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